"Adieu, adieu": Shakespeare charity CEO to step down

Dr Diana Owen Credit: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

The hunt will be on next year to find a replacement at the helm of one of the world's biggest Shakespeare-related charities. Dr Diana Owen, the current CEO of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-Upon-Avon has held the position for ten years. She's now announced she's stepping down from the role early next year.

"It has been a real privilege, and a fantastic pleasure, to be at the helm of the UK's first and oldest conservation charity, promoting the world's foremost playwright, to worldwide audiences today. After 10 years and the success of the 400th anniversary, I feel that the time is right, to hand on the baton and I look forward to seeing the inspiring plans for the future development of our charity come to fruition.”

– Dr Diana Owen
Shakespeare400 parade celebrations underway last year Credit: ITV News Central

“Diana has transformed the Trust into an inclusive, participative charity that puts Shakespeare and his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon on the world stage. She has achieved strong visitor and revenue growth, forged successful partnerships and created new opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to enjoy Shakespeare.

Her particular successes have included shepherding the Trust into the digital age by launching highly engaging digital campaigns and platforms; Shakespeare Week, our annual celebration for primary school children; and the highly praised development of New Place, which opened in 2016 marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

It has been a real pleasure to work with Diana and we wish her great happiness and success in the future.”

– Peter Kyle, Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust